Terry Fox Virtual Run. One Day. Your Way.

Marathon of Hope

by Cross Country Nova Scotia Staff, September 18, 2020

Cross Country Nova Scotia would like to invite the Nova Scotia ski community to participate in the Terry Fox Virtual Run this Sunday, September 20th, 2020. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Marathon of Hope in 1980, the theme this year is “One Day. Your Way.”, it is a call for participation in spirit not in person, due to public health concerns of COVID-19.

The Terry Fox Foundation furthers Terry’s hope that people would continue to find new personal bests and raise necessary funds for cancer research. Learn how you can support this cause, visit https://terryfox.org/.

You don’t have to do like I did… wait until you lose a leg or get some awful disease, before you take the time to find out what kind of stuff you’re really made of.


Let today be the day you start finding you “stuff”! Perhaps you will re-connect with friends to set a distance goal in preparation for the ski season ahead, while raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.

The Provincial Cross-Country Ski Team will be “doing it their way” on roller-skis. What is “your way”? Walk, run, bike, hike, skate, wheel, roller-ski… other? The Terry Fox Foundation is inviting participants to post their photos with the hashtag “#TRYLIKETERRY. Send us photos and quotes from your virtual participation – we would be happy to publish cross-country ski community members participating virtually and hopefully inspire more Nova Scotians.

Did You Know?

· Terry averaged a marathon a day, for 143 days. An unimaginable feat of athleticism and sheer force of will. Even professional athletes can’t understand how he was able to do it.

· The night before Terry’s amputation, his former basketball coach brought him a magazine with an article about an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then Terry decided to meet his challenge head on.

Terry’s Quotes

· “I want to try the impossible to show it can be done.”

· “Today we got up at 4:00 am. As usual, it was tough. If I died, I would die happy because I was doing what I wanted to do. How many people could say that? I went out and did fifteen push-ups in the road and took off. I want to set an example that will never be forgotten.”

· “I set daily goals for myself, and it’s really important that I achieve them. I need to have a daily sense of accomplishment. I know if I fall short of those goals that I will never finish.”

· “I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.”

· “Anything is possible if you try.”

· “It’s got to keep going without me.”

For further information, visit https://terryfox.org/.